T H O M A S
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Aug
07
T H O M A S @ The Tranzac

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul
31
T H O M A S @ The Tranzac

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul
17
T H O M A S @ The Delaware House

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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On paper, S E L F H E L P (independent), the debut album by T H O M A S (aka Thom Gill), isn’t the easiest sell. Eighties R&B and smooth jazz rubbing up against experimental electronics and indie rock weirdness? Sounds dubious, yet it’s much more compelling and irony-free than you might assume.

“I was trying to describe the music to convince someone to come to the show the other day. He said, ‘That sounds terrible. I would never come,’” laughs Gill over Parkdale pints. “Steve McKay [of Bruce Peninsula] dubbed it post-smooth, which I think works very well, but only if you know the history of smooth, and especially white smooth versus black smooth.

“I feel like I’m being sincere when I talk about Michael McDonald’s influence. He’s really fucking heavy, but if you put that in an interview people assume it’s ironic.”

Gill might be sincere about his appreciation of smooth jazz (backed up with a guitar performance degree from U of T), but his resumé is considerably more indie-friendly. He’s long been involved in the Toronto avant-garde improv scene and currently backs up Katie Stelmanis, Allie Hughes and Bruce Peninsula, among others.

To further boost Gill’s hipster cred, Leon Taheny, best known for his work with Final Fantasy, produced S E L F -

H E L P. The result sounds at times like shoegazer funk with Prince references floating beneath ambient electronic textures.

“I definitely have a penchant for shoegazer, and the shows still have elements of that. When you record a lot at home by yourself, you end up becoming a maximalist, which I carried over to recording this album.

“The stage show is a lot more restrained, but we’ve kept that electronic patina of sound over the whole thing. We actually only play one song from the record. I write too many songs too quickly.”

-Benjamin Boles

http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/story.cfm?content=169435 - NOW Magazine


Discography

S E L F H E L P (2009)

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Bio

Owen Pallet thinks he sounds like XTC, but everyone else in the know just calls him “Junior Prince”.

Originally from Hamilton, Thomas Gill moved to Toronto in 2003 to pursue a music degree at the University of Toronto. Since then, Thomas has been freelancing and establishing himself as an accomplished guitar player and vocalist in the Toronto jazz, indie and improvised music scenes. Thomas is part of numerous bands in Toronto, including Allie Hughes, Katie Stelmanis and Bruce Peninsula.

Having gained a reputation for his epic solo sets, with the Spring 2009 release of “Self-Help”, Thomas embarks on working with his first full band, T H O M A S.

T H O M A S’ “Self-Help” is the highly anticipated solo debut album from Thomas Gill, recorded in Toronto by Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Bruce Peninsula, Sebastian Grainger and the Mountains) in the summer of 2008. The proclaimed “post-smooth” album is about a lot of things: sexuality, love (unrequited or otherwise), money, privacy within a capitalist climate, trust, fuzzy, funky, cool, girl, 83.